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Hi

I feel a topic like this for discussions and advises from other members would be helpful as we all move to new places for a fresh job or as a part of psy rotation.

Here you can post your comments on literally anything about the place and hospital!

what do you people feel about it?

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When I was on my 'gap year' in Australia an SPR rotation I was interested in came up.I flew back for the interview having been informed by the deanery that a number was available in the part of London where I had been living for a number of years.

It was only after arriving at the interview that I was told that actually no jobs were available there and they were only available in a completely different bit of London. This meant letting out my flat, and renting nearer this job.Having been put on the spot I decided to accept that post and have had no regrets since as the post turned out to be excellent.

Moral of the story, If the right post comes up then it's worth moving if at all possible

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i would like to move to london for spr rotation in adult psychiatry/substance misuse. I wonder if there are candidates that could advice in terms of costs/ suitability of scheme and life in general.........i have been put off by many saying that you work like a horse but not have a penny to enjoy what london brings.........anybody can help?

thanks

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In general the workload varies between hospitals rather than cities and my current job in London is very quiet.As for accomodation, You generally get 1 less bedroom for your money but that's a small price to pay for what London offers.It may be better (if you can)to do a six month staff grade post first just to see if living here suits you.

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How different is it to work in London, in terms of quality of training, salary issues and flexibility

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London sites differ as do many across the country in terms of money. I've certainly heard about one ('sought after') rotation where there is a waiting list for the oncalls. It means that ur without a banding supplement for 1-2 years!! Its unofficial as well, as there are some benefits to the scenario as i understand.

I recon time for training/quality may be less in the 'day job' (esp the more general ones) but this is more than made up for in terms of specialist experience/research opportunities in the other 2 days ...if that's what ur into.

Accomodation is an issue. Both where u might choose to live and what u'll get for ur money. I'm sure this is a problem around the country increasingly.

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I have to say training in London has been great.There are great opportunities to do specialist jobs (forensic LD, child LD,Forensic Psychotherapy, Assertive outreach ...etc )depending on where you work.You will see more Drug-induced episodes centrally as a rule.

London weighting is not proprtional to how expensive London is (3k,which is laughable when 2 bed garden flats where I live cost 300 000 pounds).

It's much easier to talk about rotations than London as a whole, as they vary enormously in quality and flexibility

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